White River National Forest is a perpetually popular natural area in Colorado, which entertains visitors every year, with its sprawling woods, rugged mountains, and sparkling lakes. It is a place that comes alive when the snow starts to fall, as there are a number of ski resorts hidden in the two million acres of wilderness. Yet, that isn’t to say it can’t be enjoyed all year round, and it can be best appreciated by staying in a secluded mountain rental, which is perfect for an escape from the stresses of daily life. When you’re here, follow Independence Pass, which has a range of cycling and hiking options, and which boasts impressive mountain views. You can even hike around the lake of Guanella Pass, where the blue water matches the clear skies above.